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Jay_B_theOne says:

Yo, Nick. Great great video. Kinda goes back to what Rich Dimitri himself
used to preach about MMA and SD. And I could not agree more. Interesting
thing is, that back in the day (shit, time flies) we had a debate on the
old senshido site with MMAers and SDers kinda agreeing and not realizing
that they actually did. The training methodology of I should say the really
great experts out there (Gracie/Machado Method, “I-Method”, Erik Paulson’s
TRIG Method) is what makes it really that effective, and that one
translates to SD training. Introduce, Isolate and Integrate. No system or
style will ever work if you go from repetition to fighting without
realizing the small steps and details in between. If you master the three
delivery systems, standup, clinch, ground, you can throw the nasty stuff in
there and be really brutal in a street fight.

The Verbally Abusive Clown says:

He’s kind of gray headed for a young guy.

Nick Drossos says:

Hi guys, Here is a video on the differences between self-defense and mixed
martial arts. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about it.
Thanks for watching and stay safe.

Kevin Butler says:

Points well taken Nick! Controlled environment vs. on-the-streets, really
uncontrolled environment! Another great one man!

rza884 says:

Hi hick, what do you think is the best discipline pillar in self defense,
is it kick boxing, mma, wrestiling etc? from what i heard boxing is the
most used effectively in street fight cause apparently a boxers physic
(like a lightweight) is not intimidating when wearing a shirt lool.

C0de46 says:

UFC and other sports are in a controlled environment where the main aim is
to score enough points or stop your opponent from continuing the bout. The
street is all about hitting first, hitting hard, hitting repeatedly, and
getting the faaaaark out!

amessad says:

Nice tattoo man “Δυναμη” it suits you both physically and
psychologically… great vid as always.!

IndigoXYZ18 says:

Have you ever heard of KFM (Keysi Fighting Method), it is a Spanish martial
art designed specifically for concrete floored multiple opponent street
fights and assumes the opponent(s) may have a weapon. What makes KFM unique
is that half of it you already know; when put under enough pressure any
primate will instinctively raise their hands to their head, their forearms
protecting their head. The fetal position is the position we were born in
(because it offers the body the most protection) and is the position we
instinctively feel most comfortable in when in a high streets or dangerous
situation. KFM teaches one how to harness and train this inescapable Human
instinct into a street effective shield & weapon.

Though the foundation for KFM is Human instinct, the martial art system of
which said instinct is applied to is JKD (Jeet Kune Do). The two founders
of KFM Justo Diéguez & Andy Norman received their black belts in JKD under
the tutelage of Bruce Lee’s prodigy Dan Inosanto (and are both technically
registered JKD instructors).

papasitoman says:

Completely agree. One is a sport; points, specific places you can and
cannot hit, breaks, rules, time limit etc. 

Alex Manakov says:

As I understood, the best way to feel self-confidency on the street is:
1. Studing different sports
2. Combine them with MMA
3. Studing self-defense

mmawilldesha says:

Great video and it is good to the difference. I always try to explain
whenever this topic comes up that there is an underline philosophy to MMA
that transcends the sport. The idea of being ready for every possible
situation can be applied to the streets or just everyday life.

Frederick Thomas says:

how about if your sixty

RavShaul says:

Krav maga

X X says:

how do you defend against some one who trains in MMA? Alot of people train
in MMA now and want to flex the their kill against people who dont practice

Hakim Almandri says:

Can you make a video about pressure points and show how and where the
person should hit or strike those points? And great video ! 

Emil ice tea says:

You’re absolutely right man. Martial arts only help you to defend your
self in a street fight. but street fight is another story. As you said,
different environment, different rules, different expectations. MMA wont
save your ass in a street fight, but your skills will. The skill to
understand the situation and react accordingly under pressure and a real
therat. MMA is just a help to give you skills and when it comes to a
street fight, you use your skills according of course to the situation.
Street self defense is a real thing, MMA is not. Im not syaing that MMA
is not self defense, but the truth is, MMA is a sport, street self defense
is a real life self defense scenario where you protect your self from a
real threat and not just a normal sparring

thegnjdk says:

I think this your best video, very good! 

Kevin Ku says:

Another great informative video Nick thanks, I agree with what you are
saying for sure.

Anon Anoni says:

Like your vibe and videos man, good stuff. With regards to self defense, I
think that having a heightened sense of awareness of your surroundings
(almost like Spiderman’s Spider Sense) is pretty important.
Also physiological stuff like having a balanced muscular system which is as
free as it can be of dysfunction goes a long way too. Having a smart
approach to working out is also damn important. Exercises which involve all
three planes of motion are the most beneficial and have more functional
carry over to human movement imo. A guy can have a huge chest and bench
hundreds of pounds, BUT if he neglects integrating the upper and lower body
(by doing for example a split stance single arm standing cable push), he’ll
get knocked down easy.

Spiguel says:

martial arts are very good for your development and training, getting the
feeling… when you are on the streets anything can happen and you must get
out of the situation the fast and safe as possible, great video as always. 

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